Hank Greenberg, 84, says gets steam from veggie diet

Thu Jan 14, 2010 8:31am EST
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By Lilla Zuill

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Veteran insurance executive Maurice "Hank" Greenberg bristles ever so slightly when asked about his upcoming 85th birthday.

"There are two types of birthdays -- chronological and biological. Doctors tell me biologically I am 25 years younger," the former AIG chief executive, who is now the insurer's biggest private shareholder, says with a smile.

Greenberg, who turns 85 in May, said a daily lunch of salad and a strict no-meat, no-dairy diet at home (his wife Corinne is a vegan) keep him fighting fit.

He also works out pretty much daily in his home gym, and makes a weekly visit to New York gym "Serious Strength", where he follows a regimen of weight-bearing exercises.

During an interview in his Park Avenue office this week, Greenberg, who ran AIG for four decades, expressed eagerness to move forward with what could be a marathon project -- lobbying the government to take steps to eliminate much of the debt AIG incurred when it took a $180 billion bailout.

"I'm doing all the things that I have always done," said Greenberg. "You can interpret that in many ways," he laughs.

(Reporting by Lilla Zuill; Editing by Ted Kerr)

<p>Hank Greenberg, who was chief executive of Insurer American International Group (AIG) from 1967 until 2005, appears on the Fox News Channel's "Your Money" in New York, September 17, 2008. REUTERS/Mike Segar</p>